Ahead of the 2016 Oscars, Bookies.com go through the confirmed nominations for best actor, actress and picture
Following the announcements of each category for the 88th Academy Awards earlier on Thursday, or Oscars as they are also commonly known, Bookies.com go through the latest odds for best actor, actress and picture.
The presentations won’t be until February 28th for the films released in 2015, which gives punters plenty of time to carefully take their picks.
A total of eight films have made this category this year, with Spotlight topping the betting odds-on with all bookmakers except Coral, who offer a tempting price of 11/10, which features actors Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keatona and Rachel McAdams.
That would go against the Golden Globes’ choice of best picture, who opted for The Revenant (7/4 with Ladrokes) – starring Leonardo DiCaprio – but voters of that award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, have a history of not opting for the eventual Oscar winner. In 2010, they picked The Social Network over The King’s Speech and last year Boyhood was the choice ahead of Birdman.
The Big Short and The Martian are said to be the other main contenders, at 10/1 and 12/1 both with 888.com respectively. Mad Max: Fury Road, Room, Bridge of Spies (all 40/1 also with 888.com) and Brooklyn (100/1 with Coral) make up the other nominations.
Brooklyn may be a fantastic outside shout, with their production company having won the last two awards for best picture with 12 Years a Slave and Birdman, while they were also responsible for 2008 winner Slumdog Millionaire.
Recent Golden Globe winner Leonardo DiCaprio will be finally hoping for recognition at the Academy Awards at the fourth time of asking in this category, after missing out on the prize for roles in The Wolf of Wall Street, Blood Diamond and The Aviator.
The 41-year-old, born in Hollywood, played Hugh Glass in The Revenant in a biographical western film, and is the heavy 1/6 favourite with BetFred.
German/Irish actor Michael Fassbender is his closest rival for the award at 7/1 with bet365 for his role at Steve Jobs in the film of the same name, with Eddie Redmayne aiming for back-to-back honours following his success in The Theory of Everything last year.
The London-born actor would join an elite list of just nine others, including Daniel Day-Lewis, Marlon Brando, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman and Jack Nicholson, to have won multiple Oscars for best actor if he upsets the odds (14/1 with SkyBet) for his part in The Danish Girl.
The other nominees are Matt Damon (28/1 with Coral) in The Martian and Bryan Cranston (40/1 with the same bookie), of Breaking Bad and Malcom in the Middle fame, in Trumbo.
Brie Larson looks set to replicate Eddie Redmayne in winning an Oscar in her first nomination, after her highly praised performance as Joy “Ma” Newsome in the drama film Room. She is the odds-on favourite at 1/3 with William Hill.
Past winners of this category, Cate Blanchett in Carol and Jennifer Lawrence in Joy are similarly priced at 9/1 with Coral and 12/1 with Ladbrokes respectively.
Saoirse Ronan is the clear second-favourite at 11/2, best priced with bet365, for her part in Brooklyn, while 69-year-old Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years is the outsider at 50/1 with BetFred.